Summer 2009 Course Options

The longer I attend college, the fewer class options I have (but I suspect that will change with graduate school). I do have some choices to make about courses though.

First, I have my Psychology courses, I am pretty much decided on what I’m taking, because there is a fairly firm set of courses in the beginning of the program. I could do others, but I might hurt my ability to be full time in future semesters.

PSYC 233 – Statistics for Psychology: Basic statistical theory and techniques appropriate to psychology and related fields; introduction to statistical inference and the testing of hypotheses. This course includes a lab which incorporates the use of computer packages for statistical analyses.

PSYC 320 – Theories of Learning: A review of major theories of human and animal learning and motivation, with emphasis on individual and environmental factors affecting learning and performance in various contexts, including experimental and educational settings.

PSYC 233 is required as a pre-requisite for a lot of higher level requirements, as well as a requirement for the major.  PSYC 320 is a requirement for the major, as well as is a pre-requisite for many of the fun courses I may want to use as electives.

I have also taken a look at Gaston College’s Summer schedule and while there are no courses that apply to my major that I am interested in taking (since the only course related to AFA is Painting), there are some that apply to my general interest and to my hobbies.

NOS 120 – Linux/UNIX Single User: This course develops the necessary skills for students to develop both GUI and command line skills for using and customizing a Linux workstation. Topics include Linux file system and access permissions, GNOME Interface, VI editor, X Window System expression pattern matching, I/O redirection, network and printing utilities. Upon completion, students should be able to customize and use Linux systems for command line requirements and desktop productivity roles.

WEB 210 – Web Design: This course introduces intermediate to advanced web design techniques. Topics include customer expectations, advanced markup language, multimedia technologies, usability and accessibility practices, and techniques for the evaluation of web design. Upon completion, students should be able to employ advanced design techniques to create high impact and highly functional web sites.

Either of those courses would be purely for my enjoyment Web design would be beneficial to much that I do, but I am not sure I would want to sit through another course on the topic and have things so formally instructed. Unix on the other hand would be a most useful course for me personally. I enjoyed my experience with Ubuntu and would really like to get a deeper understanding of Unix and Linux.

My options are less varied than they usually are, but then again, CPCC will not be reporting in for Summer until March 30th. I originally planned a 6 credit hour summer, but I think I will need a break from psychology at some point, although, I would much prefer a creative course to something technical, but I will take anything fun that I can find at this point.